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Obama to use MLK, Lincoln Bibles During Oath at Presidential Inauguration

posted on January 11, 2013

For the Associated Press, Nedra Pickler examines the symbolism behind President Obama’s choice to take his oath of office over two bibles: one used by Martin Luther King Jr. and the other by Abraham Lincoln. Obama’s choice to include the MLK bible is especially significant, as the date of the inauguration (Jan. 21) falls on the federal holiday for King. Pickler writes, “The selection of the pair of Bibles announced Thursday is richly symbolic of the struggle for equality in America, beginning with Lincoln’s emancipation of slaves 150 years ago this month, through King’s leadership of the civil rights movement, and ultimately to Obama becoming the nation’s first black president.”    

Read at The Huffington Post